The SFLL Umpire Update email newsletter announces when games are open for signup. Games are generally opened for signups about a month in advance and we attempt to finalize umpire assignments two weeks in advance so you can plan your calendar accordingly.
In the newsletter will be links to each week of game signups. Click on a link, and submit your requests for any number of games that week you are available to umpire. When umpire assignments for each game are posted to the SFLL website, another announcement will be sent and the signup links will be deactivated.
If there are blank spots on the umpire assignments and you'd like to umpire those games, email the Chief Umpire Office. Include your full name along with a list of games (date, time and field) that you are interested in. The Chief Umpire Office will confirm with you directly via email.
There are a lot of umpires and a lot of competition for spots on the schedule (especially for first year umpires). We make an effort to give everyone a fair chance, but our main goal is to get games covered for the sake of the kids playing.
Signing up early is appreciated and does factor into game assignments. However, a lot of priority is also given to ability (which is different than seniority). The best way to get a lot of games is to be available for a lot of games. If you only ask for three or four games you might end up with zero. If you can make yourself available for a lot of games (weekdays, weekends, different fields, etc.) you will greatly increase your chance of receiving more assignments.
You can request to work with a specific umpire (friend, sibling, etc.), and we will accommodate when possible. However, this will sometimes limit the number of games made available to you.